Privacy adjustments coming to WhatsApp – but there are silent questions in South Africa

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Meta-owned messaging provider WhatsApp launched loads of unique privacy-associated adjustments in recent weeks, but the app is silent no longer aligned with South Africa’s licensed pointers, says Chanique Rautenbach of Barnard Attorneys.

Meta’s head of WhatsApp, Will Cathcart, launched the unique community calls aspects on Twitter, asserting the platform will now consist of the skill to nonetheless and message order of us — even for of us that aren’t the one who positioned the name. Cathcart acknowledged the platform also has a unique indicator to illustrate when extra of us be part of honorable calls.

Users can want the person they have to nonetheless or message in a community name to perceive the alternatives, and the adjustments delight in rolled out to Android and iOS customers on the most recent model of the app.

WhatsApp is also working on unique aspects that can allow customers to block folks from seeing their profile picture, station and ‘closing viewed’ knowledge.

The unique privacy and community name aspects are situation to roll out incrementally to customers over the arriving months.

“Despite the truth that the products and companies provided by the meta community of corporations are silent removed from being compliant with South Africa’s Security of Interior most Recordsdata Act (POPIA), these adjustments, which is prepared to be conducted incrementally, would possibly perhaps be viewed as a step in the suitable path,” Rautenbach acknowledged

WhatsApp faced a public outcry in 2021 to unilateral adjustments made to the WhatsApp user phrases facing privacy. This resulted in South Africa’s web regulator issuing a warning in regards to the proposed adjustments.

“Nonetheless customers would possibly perhaps be unbiased a diminutive comforted by these unique privacy updates. It remains essential for the customers to acquaint themselves with the phrases and stipulations of WhatsApp and to esteem what they observe by their persisted use of the messaging platform,” Rautenbach acknowledged.


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